Mission Encounter of the Virginia Conference (Online)
Mission Encounter Purpose statement
Mission Encounter prepares United Methodists for faithful living and action by participating in a transformative education program based on biblically grounded curricula in order to be in ministry for a more just and equitable world – locally and globally. Mission Encounter lives out our Virginia Conference vision, “to be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.”
What is Mission Encounter?
Mission Encounter is a joint effort between VAUMC United Women in Faith and Serving Ministries, inviting members to be involved in the mission of God.
In other conferences, this gathering is known as Mission U, hosted by the United Women in Faith. Uniquely in Virginia, however, we made it a joint event and call it Mission Encounter. We pray that every member will hear the call of our Lord to be part of the mission, and be sent to the world!
What happens at Mission Encounter?
For participants, Mission Encounter is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on current social justice and mission-related topics. Participants grow in understanding the mission of the church in the current world context; conference events are open to all.
Mission Encounter is a cooperative event sponsored by the Virginia Conference Missional Ministries Board and the Virginia Conference United Methodist Women.
Is CEU available?
CEU credit is available for all clergy and lay professionals.
Serving 101 also qualifies as a Lay Servant Academy Continuation course.
Mission Encounter will provide an opportunity for members to choose a course, which encourages us to live out our faith!
For course information open the Mail in Registration link above.
Registration Fee: $35—Registration for online participation and UMCOR kit
$75—Registration for in-person class, 3 meals, and UMCOR kit
$200—Registration for in-person class, 3 meals, UMCOR
kit, and hotel room (with roommate)
The Va Conference is now offering one locations for a winter Youth Mission Encounter Event on the theme COMMUNITY IN THE MIDST OF CHALLENGING TIMES. Join us to learn and share together at the following dates/locations:
- March 4 Shenandoah Univ (led by the Rev. DeLyn Celec) registration deadline Feb 15
Youth leaders can register your group of middle and high school students at this link ( https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=725282&). Each group attending must have their own adult chaperones who are Safe Sanctuary trained and background checked by their local church. Events will be from 10 am until 4 pm with lunch and snacks provided. Cost is $25/person. The curriculum comes from the national United Women in Faith’s Mission U and each church that attends will receive a copy of the book to take back to your local church for further exploration of the topic. The gathering will also include time for games, worship, and other activities. Questions? Contact [email protected] for more information.
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WESLEY COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER
A National Mission Institution of the United Methodist Women serving Southside Portsmouth, Virginia
Renyatta Banks, Executive Director
1701 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23704
Facebook – Wesley Community Service Center, Inc. – Home/Facebook
Video of UMW Program – Wesley’s Executive Director, Renyatta Banks, is interviewed at virtual UMW Annual Conference Breakfast on June 12, 2021. Go to: Facebook.com/vaumw/ or UMW web page – vaumw.com (under “events”)
UMW and National Mission Institutions: Wesley is the only National Mission Institution in Virginia. There are nearly 96 National Mission Institutions in the United States. Background Information at: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org National Mission Institutions
Wesley’s Current Fundraiser: Virtual Designer Handbag Raffle to be held on July 14, 2021. To purchase raffle ticket, go to: http://givebox.com/520558
PARKVIEW COMMUNITY MISSION – LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
An Outreach offering help, healing and hope for 25 years to those in need in the community
2420 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg 24501
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ParkViewCommunityMissions/
Parkview Board Members – Reverend Scott Davis, Superintendent, Lynchburg District UMC, and Reverend Leigh Ann Taylor, District Revitalization Coordinator, [email protected] – 434.832.0401
Ways to Support Parkview: Refer to Parkview’s webpage
MOROGORO, TANZANIA - EAST AFRICA
Reverend Umba Kalangwa and Ngyo Kalangwa are United Methodist missionaries from the Democratic Republic of Congo serving in the North Katanga Episcopal area, Morogoro, Tanzania.
The United Methodist Church
- O. Box 5428
[email protected] – for Umba and Ngyo Kalangwa
umcmission.org– Umba Kalangwa
umcmission.org – Ngyo Kalangwa
Descriptions of Ministries:
[email protected] and/or [email protected]
Find information about Wesley Preschool and Primary School; Morgoro Pastor’s School;
Susannah Wesley Education and Health Center
Video: Link: #Stilln Mission Umba Llunga Kalangwa. This series connects the church to the work of missionaries all over the world through virtual meetings.
Article: Reverend Kalangwa writes about their on-going ministry in the midst of COVID 19. https://umcmission.org/missionaries/united-methodist-mission-in-morogoro-tanzania/
To Donate: Advance Numbers
- To support Umba’s salary # 14211Z
- To support Ngoy’s salary # 15162Z
- To support Wesley Primary School # 3020704
- To support Morogoro Pastors’ training school # 3022261
- To support Susannah Wesley Education and Healthcare Center # 020705
BRAZIL – SHADE AND FRESH WATER
After-school programs in Methodist churches all over Brazil offering a network of support and protection for vulnerable children and youth. The Virginia Conference has been a continuous supporting partner.
Rev. Emily Everett
General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church
International Partnership Promoter
Shade and Fresh Water
Biographical Information: https://advance.umcmission.org/p-1783-everett-emily.aspx
Videos about Shade and Fresh Water:
- #Stilln Mission Episode 31 – This series connects the church to the work of missionaries all over the world through virtual meetings.
- Videos on YouTube – Google: “YouTube: Shade and Fresh Water”
To make a donation, go to: Shade and Fresh Water Advance https://advance.umcmission.org/p-192-shade-and-fresh-water.aspx